Ozeki Takakeisho used his trademark thrusting technique to send Kotonowaka backpedaling out over the straw ridge while improving to 2-0 on Monday, November 14, the second day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.
In the day’s penultimate bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, top maegashira Kotonowaka put up little resistance against the determined ozeki and dropped to 0-2.
Shodai went a disastrous 4-11 in the previous tournament and needs a winning record in this 15-day meet to maintain his ozeki status for the 2023 New Year Basho in January. The Kumamoto Prefecture native has a habit of getting off to slow starts in the first week, so he was eager to post his first win as soon as possible.
With the win, Shodai improved to 14-1 against Takayasu in bouts since May of 2019.
Hoshoryu Raises Record to 2-0
Tamawashi, who will turn 38 on Wednesday, could not overcome a 15-year age difference with his Mongolian counterpart and dropped to 0-2.
Sekiwake Mitakeumi, who is aiming to regain his ozeki status in this tournament, forced out Mongolian giant Ichinojo to stay undefeated at 2-0. No. 2 maegashira Ichinojo, who won the July tournament, dropped to 1-1.
Tobizaru, who won his opening bout on Sunday by beating Shodai, is fighting at the fourth-highest rank of komusubi after going an impressive 10-5 in the September tournament.
Since winning the juryro division title in May with an 11-4 mark, Nishikifuji has produced 10-5 records in his first two top division tournaments.
Wakatakakage Improves to 1-1
Daieisho improved to 1-1 while third-ranked maegashira Ura remains winless at 0-2.
Former sekiwake Abi, who sat out the September tournament due to injury and is now a ninth-ranked maegashira, used his trademark arm thrusts to shove Chiyoshoma out to improve to 2-0. No. 10 Chiyoshoma fell to 0-2.
Author: Jim Armstrong
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